- a substitute who performs feats or actions too hazardous or difficult for a star.
- body double.
- a challenge by an opponent that the declarer cannot fulfill the designated contract, increasing the points to be won or lost.
- a hand that warrants such a challenge.
- to sail around (a projecting area of land): to double Cape Horn.
- to add a new layer of planking or ceiling to (an old wooden hull).
- to challenge (the bid of an opponent) by making a call that increases the value of tricks to be won or lost.
- to challenge the bid of (an opponent): He doubled me into game.
- to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a two-base hit: He doubled him to third.
- to cause (a run) to be scored by a two-base hit (often followed by in): He doubled in the winning run.
- to put out (a base runner) as the second out of a double play (often followed by up).
- to share quarters planned for only one person or family: Because of the room shortage, we had to double up.
- to bend over, as from pain: He doubled up in agony.
Idioms about double
- without delay; rapidly: The fire engines came on the double.
- in double time, as marching troops.
Origin of double
OTHER WORDS FROM doubledou·ble·ness, noundou·bler, nounqua·si-dou·ble, adjectivequa·si-dou·bly, adverb
Words nearby double
How to use double in a sentence
Baking also doubles as a great way to get your kids involved in making Valentine’s Day at home special—just be sure to have lots of pink, red and purple sprinkles and toppers ideas on hand, of course.How You’re Making Valentine’s Day Weekend Special At Home|Charli Penn|February 12, 2021|Essence.com
We then doubled back and followed the Yellow Diamond Trail toward the largest natural bridge at Shawnee.A day’s drive from Chicago, exploring a very different Illinois|Carson Vaughan|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
That’s about double the proposed IPO valuation that Reuters reported in December, citing people familiar with the discussions.Robinhood shares are soaring just like the stocks that trade on Robinhood|John Detrixhe|February 11, 2021|Quartz
Like many teens, she knows social media is a double-edged sword — one that seemed to become both more indispensable and more injurious during the pandemic.The loneliness of an interrupted adolescence|Ellen McCarthy|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
On the Rocket League subreddit, one player shared a helpful tutorial for the mode that doubled as an exemplar of a perfect touchdown pass, coordinated by two teammates.Keep the football mode in ‘Rocket League,’ you cowards|Mikhail Klimentov|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
And Ollie says, ‘Oh, I see, well, let me have two double vodka martinis.’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A few weeks after returning from England, I was trolling the dairy section and came across the Cotswold Double Gloucester.Biking With the Bard|Kara Cutruzzula|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He went on to say that even such double horrors had never kept cops from continuing on.Two Cops ‘Assassinated’ in Brooklyn|Michael Daly|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Faced with the loss of middle class voters, the administration seems determined to double down on its current coalition.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats|Joel Kotkin|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Albuquerque Economic Development, a private non-profit, estimates the five year growth rate at almost double the U.S. in general.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain|Rich Goldstein|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Under the one-sixth they appear as slender, highly refractive fibers with double contour and, often, curled or split ends.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
All things are double, one against another, and he hath made nothing defective.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The way was under a double row of tall trees, which met at the top and formed a green arch over our heads.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The wretched young man persistently exercises his right of crying "Banco," and so practically going double or quits each time.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for double
- (of a root) being one of two equal roots of a polynomial equation
- (of an integral) having an integrand containing two independent variables requiring two integrations, in each of which one variable is kept constant
- (of an instrument) sounding an octave lower than the pitch indicated by the notationa double bass
- (of time) duple, usually accompanied by the direction alla breve
- the narrow outermost ring on a dartboard
- a hit on this ring
- at twice normal marching speed
- quickly or immediately
- to duplicate (a voice or instrumental part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it
- (intr usually foll by on) to be capable of performing (upon an instrument additional to one's normal one)the third trumpeter doubles on cornet
- to cause two pawns of the same colour to be on the same file
- to place both rooks of the same colour on the same rank or the same file
Derived forms of doubledoubleness, noundoubler, noun
Word Origin for double
Other Idioms and Phrases with double
In addition to the idioms beginning with double
- double back
- double bill
- double cross
- double date
- double Dutch
- double duty
- double feature
- double in brass
- double life
- double standard
- double take, do a
- double talk
- double up
- lead a double life
- on the double
- see double